2016 Yankee Homecoming 5K Road Race

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Hi, I'm Tina!

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Good morning!

On Tuesday evening, my sister and I ran the Yankee Homecoming 5K in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It was a gorgeous night (and not too hot) and the location couldn’t have been more perfect. Newburyport is absolutely adorable, and I definitely want to spend more time there soon!

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The race started and finished at Newburyport High School. Parking was a little tricky, but, luckily, we found a spot on a side street about 5 minutes away.

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Registration was a piece of cake. We didn’t wait in line and got our bibs right away.

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There was actually a shortage of safety pins, but my sister and I managed to finagle two each, so everything worked out in the end.

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Ready to run!

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Wearing: Brooks Women’s Distance Tank (on sale – $23) // Brooks Women’s Chaser 3″ Shorts (on sale – $29) // Women’s Juno Sports Bra (on sale – $30) // Brooks Glycerin 14 // Bombas Socks

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With about 10 minutes to spare, my sister and I lined up at the start line.

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And, before we knew it, we were off and running!

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The course was mostly flat and quite scenic, winding through adorable residential neighborhoods and then into the Newburyport downtown area and along the ocean. At mile 2 or so, I actually started to appreciate just how flat the course was, but, unfortunately, that feeling didn’t last very long.

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At mile 2.5-ish, there was a good-size hill, which I managed to “make my bitch” and, truthfully, I gave it everything I had, thinking I was close to the end of the race. Well, the actual end of the race was up and over another hill… and it almost killed me. Haha!

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I wanted to walk SO BADLY, but, with so many spectators and the finish line in sight, I didn’t let myself. I finished in 26:16 (8:28), which was a PW (personal worst) and even slower than the 5Ks I ran while pregnant, but, hey, I had a fun time and really enjoyed the race. It was well-organized with a beautiful course and lots of spectators. I really couldn’t have asked for a better race experience.

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Plus, the post-race celebration with my sister in Newboryport was awesome!

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After the race, we drove about 5 minutes away to the downtown area and scored a table outside overlooking the ocean at the Black Cow. It was wonderful.

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It was a gorgeous evening and post-race drinks were definitely necessary!

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We also ordered dinner and chatted well into the evening. It was such a nice way to spend a summer night with my sis!

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Newburyport fans: What should we do/where should we go the next time we visit? 

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